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All wines tasted on 11/10/12:

2011 Waters Winery ‘Prelude’ Columbia Valley ($30)
(63% Roussanne, 37% Viognier) Mouthwatering aromas of peach skin and quite mineral-driven. Bright flavors of white peach, gravel, lemon. Very nice, and likely awesome with food. 90 points

2010 Waters Winery ‘Tremolo’ Walla Walla Valley ($40)
(92% Syrah, 8% Grenache) Oddly, I smell the Grenache more in this. Meaty, cranberry, and quite bright with great acidity and a pleasant tartness. 86 points

2010 Waters Winery ‘Loess’ Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($45)
(97% Syrah, 3% Viognier, co-fermented) Slightly lighter in appearance, but quite deep in flavor. A more warm-climate Syrah. Chocolate, briary red fruits. Very good. 88 points

2009 Waters Winery ‘Forgotten Hills’ Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($60)
(100% Syrah, from a block planted in 1996). Wow, knockout nose with immense spice. Long and gorgeous in the mouth with excellent balance between the deep core of great meaty/game and (again) briary blackberry and peat. 93 points

2009 Waters Winery ‘Interlude’ Columbia Valley ($30)
(55% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot) Merlot definitely showing through, and quite a contrast from all the Rhone varieties earlier. Herbs dominate, with cherry and spice. Good, but not for me. 85 points

2010 Waters Winery ‘Capella’ Walla Walla Valley ($40)
(60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot – in homage to Cheval Blanc, apaprently) Slightly funky on the nose (bretty?). Red fruit, earth, leather. 88 points

2009 Waters Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley ($50)
(86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot) Great acids keep this solid cab lively. Well-structured and age-worthy. Good varietal typicity shows through – currant, tobacco. 89 points


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